Inside The Tower At Conwy Castle

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Today, my choice of wallpaper has gone from the Welsh castle that’s too shy to be easily spotted to one of the great English castles that’s too proud and mighty to be easily captured by the camera.

One of the few pieces of photography advice that has stuck in my head over the years goes something like this: you can’t photograph the mountain whilst you’re standing on it. And the same surely goes for castles … you can’t photograph a castle’s tower whilst you’re standing inside it. Except … sometimes, just sometimes, these centuries-old ruins can offer up exactly the right spot to stand in to appreciate just how awesome they were in their day.

Now, I’m sure that this tower in Conwy Castle would have looked very different back in the day; there would have been one or two floors above this point, with a connecting spiral stairwell perhaps allowing staff and the garrison to travel up and down to see off the pesky Welsh natives. But just imagine being one of those Welsh natives, cast into a deep dark dungeon, with little hope of survival or of seeing the outside world ever again.

How are you going to spend the day looking at this photo? Thinking of the English, and the lost splendour of the castle? Or thinking of the Welsh, gazing up at the sky and a world that they’d never see thanks to the invaders?

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Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock)

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Welcome back to a shorter working week. I hope you all had a great long weekend, and are looking forward to some more wallpaper choices.

This week, I want to continue sharing some of my favourite shots from last summer’s holiday up in North Wales, and I don’t know why, but I really fancy having my favourite castle shots as my wallpaper this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

There’s no castle in sight in my first shot, but that’s typical of a Welsh castle. The North Wales coastline is a world heritage centre because it is ringed by the famous castles of King Edward in his attempts to subdue the Welsh. The joke goes that you can always tell an English castle by the fact that you can see it, and you can always tell a Welsh castle by the fact that you can’t spot it if you don’t know where to look!

Castell-y-Bere is hiding behind Craig yr Aderyn in this shot. Craig yr Aderyn (or Bird Rock in English) used to be on the coast, but is now several miles inland, making it the furthest place inland where cormorants nest (hence the name Bird Rock). Driving up to it, it looks like a sea cliff, even from the comfort of a car firmly on dry land! Craig yr Aderyn has been featured in The Dark Is Rising books, and in the 1980’s TV series Treasure Hunt (showing my age a bit there, perhaps!).

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The House Nestled In Nicely

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Today’s a public holiday here in the UK, and normally that means that I take the day off from picking a wallpaper to share with everyone … but there weren’t quite enough days in the week last week to fit in all of the landscape shots that I wanted to share with you from last year’s summer holiday in North Wales.

If there’s one shot from the whole holiday that I’d love to go back and do again, it’s this shot of this remote farm house nestling into the mountain behind. There in person, the mountain side beyond looked like green velvet … miles and miles of it, and I’m convinced that there’s an even better shot to be taken of this scene (maybe later in the day?)

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new theme to start the (nice and short!) working week.

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House And Dry Stone Walls

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To bring this week’s theme to a close, I’ve saved what I think is the best to last.

Possibly my single favourite shot from the whole holiday. When I stumbled upon this scene, I just couldn’t believe my luck. It looked more like a painting than reality, with the sun catching the clouds and the walls leading up to what I assume is a farm house.

I wonder if I could get Mrs H to paint this for my birthday? 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed these shots from our holiday last year in North Wales as much as I’ve enjoyed looking at them as my desktop wallpaper this week. Now, Monday here in the UK is a public holiday, and normally I don’t post wallpaper on non-working days, but just for a change I’ve decided that there’s one more shot of the North Wales landscape that I’d like to share with you, so please come back on Monday to take a look!

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Why I Love North Wales

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Today’s choice of wallpaper is another shot from last year’s summer holiday in North Wales. As I’m writing this, I’m feeling doubly whistful; partly because I’m not yet able to go on walks like this, and partly because it makes me miss my childhood.

As a child growing up in South Yorkshire, my favourite family trips were always days out in the Peak District around Hathersage and Castleton, and after graduating I originally planned to move out into the Peak District within a few years. Life however never works out the way you hope, and with no work up North I was forced to move down to Southern England, where I’ve lived and worked ever since.

Walking in the hills and mountains of North Wales reminds me of the Peak District in a way that South Wales doesn’t. I don’t really know why; maybe it’s that South Wales never feels very remote, with Merthyr, Swansea and Cardiff never far away. I don’t know.

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Style And Missing Gate

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This week’s wallpaper theme are shots from last summer’s holiday up in beautiful North Wales.

Seldom visited by tourists – who by and large prefer to stay down on the coast – the paths above Harlech and the Glaslyn Estuary offer fantastic views of Snowdonia to the north. The walking up here is not for casual walkers; you need the proper footwear, clothing, and maps to safely enjoy the countryside once you get away from the regular tourist haunts.

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Dry Stone Wall

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My choice of wallpaper today is another shot from last year’s summer holiday. The lands above Harlech are criss-crossed by walls like this one, snaking off into the distance, dividing up a landscape that most tourists never get to see.

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Enjoying The Beautiful Mawddach

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Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. My choice of wallpaper this week is a selection of shots from our summer holiday last year, and to get it under way, today’s wallpaper is one of the photos that has already proved quite popular since I uploaded it to Flickr.

For last summer’s holiday, we based ourselves just outside Barmouth, which sits at the mouth of the River Mawddach, and as this shot tries to capture, boy is it beautiful! I took this shot towards the end of a circular woodland walk, which led us up above the trees to give us a fantastic view east along the estuary.

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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The Lane Through The Trees

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To finish my Week of Woodland Wallpaper, I’ve picked this shot from last year’s holiday in Barmouth.

When I was a kid (which wasn’t all that long ago), you could go and wander through real woodlands and the remains of once mighty forests, where the trees were native species that grew where they could in whatever higgledy piggledy layout they wanted. Today, no matter where you go, most of the woods today where people can go and walk are managed plantations, where all the trees have been laid out roughly in alignment. They’re great fun to walk through, but I miss real woods too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s woodland theme. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’m leaning towards picking out some of the shots from last year’s holiday in North Wales (which I’ve recently uploaded to my Flickr account) for next week’s theme. If you’d like to suggest a theme for future weeks, please do get in touch.

Have a great weekend, and I hope you’ll be back on Monday for more daily desktop wallpaper.

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The Way Is Blocked

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My choices this week have been the part of my Week of Woodland Wallpapers. I hope you’re enjoying them so far!

Of course, any walk through the woods can run into little difficulties from time to time. One of our favourite places to go walking near our home is on what’s left of the Lesser Garth (it has been so extensively quarried that the railway line that used to run around it no longer exists). I was exploring the remains of the railway line alone one day when I rounded the corner to find that a tree had come down the hill some time before and landed on the path I was on. I had a bit of fun climbing over the tree, hoping it wouldn’t decide to slide any further, and I was glad Mrs H wasn’t there at the time to talk me out of it.

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